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Tottenham Hotspur 2017/18 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man and Predictions

After a few months of non-stop transfer activity and interesting pre-season fixtures, the Premier League is within sight as we draw closer to the first weekend of action.


After finishing second last season, Tottenham will be looking to go one better and win England's top division, but first let's have a look at how Mauricio Pochettino's club is shaping up ahead of the new campaign.

1. Last Season

A fantastic season for Spurs saw the north London side end up second behind Chelsea, their best ever Premier League finish and recording their highest points tally of 86.


Scoring the most goals and conceding the fewest, Spurs were made to pay for a slow start filled with too many draws before winning 12 of their last 13 matches, finishing seven points behind Chelsea.


Highlights included finishing above rivals Arsenal for the first time in 22 years and bidding farewell to White Hart Lane with a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

2. Transfers In

We could easily leave this section blank as Tottenham are yet to make a summer signing.


Not even a random winger from France's Ligue 1 has been snapped up, with Clinton N'Jie and and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou signing in previous years.


Not many high profile players have been linked with a move to the Lilywhites, with Ross Barkley often mentioned as a potential target for the Lilywhites.


As of yet, Spurs are yet to make a move.

3. Transfers Out

After a somewhat drawn out transfer saga, Kyle Walker finally sealed a move to Manchester City for a reported £45m, potentially worth £50m with add-ons.


Nabil Bentaleb has left for Schalke after a positive loan spell, Clinton N'Jie has joined Lyon, Federico Fazio transferred to Roma and Luke McGee has moved to Portsmouth.


Walker will likely be the only big miss for Tottenham, who have a replacement in the form of Kieran Trippier.

4. Strengths

It may sound a little simple, but Tottenham are one of the finest all round teams in the Premier League right now.


With the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min scoring for fun and Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris marshalling the defence, Spurs have become incredibly hard to break down while opening opposition sides up at will.


The midfield partnership of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama is also a domineering part of Tottenham's play.

5. Weaknesses

As seen in the loss at Liverpool and the draw at Manchester City, Spurs aren't comfortable when being pressed.


With Pochettino's insistence of playing the ball out from the back, Tottenham often invite pressure on themselves through their philosophy and become vulnerable on the break.

6. Key Man

No surprises here after the England international's hall of 29 Premier League goals last season.


Kane has the measure of England's top flight now and must target the Champions League after managing just one penalty in Europe's premier club competition.


Potential breakout: Marcus Edwards

7. Predictions

With other top sides strengthening this summer, Tottenham have a tough ask on their hands in improving upon their stellar campaign last term.


However, the squad is settled and will have no trouble in jelling together, while other sides may go through transitional seasons, and Spurs must target a maiden Premier League title.


If Spurs are ever to win England's top flight again it would be with this group of players, but yet again it could be too much too soon.


Final position: 3rd